Bacon & Broccoli Strata

Looking for a hearty side dish to stand up to this winter weather? Even if that winter weather here in Florida is a comfortable 70 degrees? Well, here it is. Bacon, broccoli, bread and cheese, this dish may not be health food, but it sure is good food. Use really good ingredients to make the most out of your meal. Think organic veggies, super crazy high quality humanely treated meat, artisanal cheese and homemade bread.

Oh, but what is a strata, you may have asked? It’s pretty much a collaboration of delicious dishes – think quiche meets frittata meets savory bread pudding. Strata (or stratta) is similar to a casserole, but not that disgusting shit you see on Hamburger Helper commercials. It’s more of a bread, egg and cheese mixture that typically has meat or veggies in it, and it’s layered like a lasagna.

Charlotte says, “My favorite way to cook broccoli pieces is to toss them with olive oil, lemon zest, a couple garlic cloves, and salt and roast in a 425˚ oven until starting to caramelize but still crisp. I think it takes about 15 minutes, depending on how big your broccoli pieces are. This obviously works with romanesco or cauliflower as well.”

So, yeah, whatever she said. I stopped paying attention because I got all caught up in the fact that she made a ‘degrees’ circle symbol – something that, no matter how computer proficient I believe I am, I can’t figure out how to do.

Anyway, eat this.

 

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Bacon & Broccoli Strata
Recipe by Charlotte Abrams
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half (or 3/4 cups whole milk, 3/4 cups heavy cream)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
4 thick slices day old really good white bread
5 slices hickory smoked bacon
1 cup chopped cooked broccoli
1 cup shredded good cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350˚. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, and garlic until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add bread and let soak while preparing remaining ingredients. Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium-low heat until just crispy. Drain on paper towels and then chop. Add bacon, broccoli, and cheese to bread mixture and stir to combine. Place in generously buttered glass baking dish. Bake until set in the center, about 35-40 minutes.

Serve with a nice salad or some sprouts or something of that ilk.